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What is microform?

We have two types of microform in the Library:

  • microfilm - a reel of 35mm film, generally used for storing runs of newspapers and journals
  • microfiche - a flat sheet of plastic film, mostly used for general reports and documents

We have scanners capable of reading both types, and these are kept in the Microform Reading Room on the first floor.


    Locating microform in the Library

    The Library's microform collection is kept in the Microform Reading Room on the first floor.

    This will be the location that comes up on the Library Search when you are searching for an item.

    There is a small number of microform that will show on Library Search as being kept in the Library store. These will need to be collected by Library staff - please ask at the Information Hub.


    The Microform Reading Room

    This is on the first floor of the Library, and it holds the microform collections.

    Microfilm reels are kept in the metal cabinets. The larger and the more popularly used collections are clearly labelled, whilst smaller collections and single microfilm reels are kept in classmark order.

    Microfiche are mostly kept in plastic folders and in small boxes on the metal shelves.  A small number of fiche are kept in the cabinets.

    Please ask at the Information Hub on the ground floor if you are having problems finding what you are looking for.

    There are 3 microform scanners in the Microform Room. All are capable of reading both microfilm and microfiche.

    You can save images from the scanner screen to your own USB stick as a JPEG by using the PC connected to the scanner.

    Instructions on using the scanners and the software on the PCs are kept next to the scanners.

    Please ask at the Information Hub on the ground floor if you have any questions.

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